Network Security Roundup for August 21, 2003

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CNN Money: Worm Turns PCs into Spam Machines21-Aug-03 08:05 ET

Story Highlights:“Several Internet worms that have besieged computers for over a week played havoc again on Wednesday, including one called Sobig.F whose aim was to turn PCs into spam machines and was believed to be the fastest growing virus ever.”

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The Register: MS Releases Unholy Trinity of Security Fixes21-Aug-03 11:58 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft yesterday released another cumulative fix for Internet Explorer designed to address all the old flaws with the Swiss-cheese browser and fix a set of fresh problems.”

Full Story on The Register

InternetWeek: Microsoft Is Using Linux To Protect Its Own Web Site21-Aug-03 16:00 ET

Story Highlights:” Microsoft has made a big deal out of asserting that Linux is not fit for the enterprise. But Microsoft itself is using Linux to help protect its servers against denial-of-service attacks. According to a post on the Netcraft Web site, Microsoft changed its DNS settings on Friday so that requests for no longer resolve to machines on Microsoft’s own network, but instead are handled by the Akamai caching system, which runs Linux.”

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Computerworld: IT Security in Energy Sector To Come Under Scrutiny20-Aug-03 17:11 ET

Story Highlights:“As the blame game continues surrounding Aug. 14’s regional blackout, Congress is planning a series of hearings not only to find out what caused the cascading power failure, but also to examine a pressing security issue that experts have been warning of for years: the power grid’s vulnerability to intentional cyber-based disruptions.”

Full Story on Computerworld

CBS News: Virus Disrupts Train Signals21-Aug-03 09:04 ET

Story Highlights:“A computer virus was blamed for bringing down train signaling systems throughout the East on Wednesday. The virus infected the computer system at CSX Corp.’s Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters, shutting down signaling, dispatching and other systems at about 1:15 a.m. EDT, CSX spokesman Adam Hollingsworth said.”

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